Actors Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh led the list of U.K. honors handed out today by Queen Elizabeth II. Carphone Warehouse Group Plc Chairman Charles Dunstone and Walt Disney International Chairman Andy Bird also won recognition in the awards to mark the queen’s birthday.
“Titanic” star Winslet became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, while Branagh, who made his name bringing Shakespeare to the big screen, was knighted, allowing him to put “Sir” in front of his name. Dunstone, who founded Carphone Warehouse, Europe’s largest mobile-phone retailer, in 1989, also got a knighthood.
Awards to people working in industry and the economy accounted for 12 percent of the total, according to a breakdown published by the Cabinet Office in London. The honors are bestowed in the name of the queen and are recommended by an independent panel, which considers suggestions from government departments and political parties as well as from the public.
“I feel immensely proud and flattered to receive this remarkable honour,” Dunstone said in an e-mailed statement today. “It’s been 23 years since I first started selling mobile phones out of a flat in Marylebone and whilst I’ve been fortunate and privileged to have experienced success and recognition during that time, I cannot think of a more thrilling and humbling experience than this.”
Stuart Fraser, chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation, became a CBE, with Disney’s Bird and Mulberry Group Plc Creative Director Emma Hill receiving the same award. Colin Skellett, chairman and chief executive officer of Wessex Water Plc, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, while Brian Winterflood, founder of Winterflood Securities Ltd., became a Member of the Order, or MBE.
Anthony Nightingale, the former managing director of Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd., and Ian Robertson, a member of the management board of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and former chairman of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., became companions of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Mary Archer, wife of the Conservative lawmaker and novelist Jeffrey Archer, who was jailed for perjury in 2001, was made a Dame -- the female equivalent of a knight. She was honored for services to the National Health Service in her work as head of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Tesco Plc’s director of corporate and legal affairs, was also named a dame.
Armando Iannucci, the satirist and broadcaster behind the BBC television show “The Thick Of It,” HBO’s “Veep” and the Oscar-nominated film “In The Loop,” was given an OBE. The award came weeks after “omnishambles,” a word coined by Iannucci, was used across the U.K. media and by opposition leaders in the House of Commons to describe Prime Minister David Cameron’s government in the wake of the March 21 budget that was unpopular with voters and led to several policy U-turns.
There was also a knighthood for Paul Jenkins, a government lawyer who Cameron cited on June 14 as backing his decision to ask Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to rule on News Corp.’s bid for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc.
In written evidence to a media-ethics inquiry currently examining the bid, Jenkins said he’d been consulted about the 2010 decision by phone during a vacation and had advised that Hunt’s previous public comments in favor of the bid weren’t a bar. Cameron’s office said yesterday that Jenkins’s award was a matter for the Cabinet Office.
Children’s author Judith Kerr, who wrote “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit,” the Mog books and the “Tiger Who Came to Tea,” was awarded the OBE for services to children’s literature and holocaust education.
Actress Jenny Agutter was granted an OBE, as was Take That songwriter Gary Barlow, who campaigned for Cameron’s Conservative Party in the 2010 general election and helped organize the Diamond Jubilee concert for the queen outside Buckingham Palace earlier this month.
Richard Stilgoe, who wrote the lyrics for the stage musical “Starlight Express” and co-wrote those for “The Phantom of the Opera,” was knighted for his charitable work. Author Susan Hill, whose works include “The Woman in Black,” which was made into a film released this year, was named a CBE.
In sports, golfer Luke Donald and former England goalkeeper David James became MBEs, while former Chelsea player Paul Elliott, who has spearheaded campaigns against racism in soccer, became a CBE.